Sheffield United match unwanted 58-year record in Aston Villa drubbing

Sheffield United succumbed to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off to leave them firmly planted at the bottom of the table.

The Blades have already sacked one manager this season to bring back former fan favourite Chris Wilder but things are not going too well for the former Middlesbrough boss and with a tough run of games on the horizon, he may not see out the season at Bramall Lane.

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Sheffield United set unwanted record

After the 5-0 drubbing on Saturday, it has been revealed that Sheffield United have conceded 59 goals in their 23 Premier League games this season, the most of any side at this stage of a top-flight campaign since Fulham in 1965/66 (also 59).

On his side’s performance vs Aston Villa, Chris Wilder had this to say post-match: “We were punished ruthlessly. It’s a long way back from 4-0 down. Basic individual errors and organisational errors. I’ll take the rap for that. It was an atheltic young side who got put to bed.

“Watkins’ movement caused us a problem. Goals from Bailey and Tielemans were fabulous finishes. The goal just after half-time is difficult to take. I’ve been in that position as a player and a manager and there’s no hiding place. You have to take your medicine. We have to accept that and apologise to our supporters because they’ve been superb. We’ve let them down this evening.

“We had a couple of really good chances to take the lead and then we’ve gone chasing. We’ve got excited. We’ve left big holes and they’ve picked us off. If you allow good players big holes and players go diving in and losing their shape, they’ll find those pockets and produce that final finish. It can become messy which it did.

“I don’t think there’s anything to take out of today’s performance. Nothing at all. We’ve been well and truly pumped. If people say there was only one goal in the second half it doesn’t hit home with anybody who’s been in the game.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.